🏋️ First look: REP Cardio deep dive

Welcome to Home Gym Club! Did you know that mechanical engineer William Staub is credited with building and marketing the first home treadmills back in the late 1960s? Depending on how you feel about cardio, either thank you, Mr. Staub, or How. Dare. You.

What’s in today’s newsletter:

  • We got a sneak peek at the new REP Fitness cardio line.

  • Our testers round up the best protein powders without artificial sweeteners.

  • Our review of the Titan Fitness Twistlock Barbell Collars.

  • A full breakdown of lifting in the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star shoes.

First Look

REP Fitness Cardio Line

We have more exciting new products from FIBO 2024 to share with you! For this entry, Coop is taking a look at REP’s new cardio fitness line, featuring innovative variable-pitch resistance blades that allow you to change the pitch and customize your RPMs and wattage.

Coop will take a spin on REP’s new:

  • Fan bike

  • SkiErg

  • Fan blade runner (with sled drive mode!)

  • Rowing machine

Check out the full video for Coop’s first impressions of all this thrilling new cardio equipment for your home gym, along with answers to your biggest question—what are the expected price points?

What’s Supp?

Best Protein Powder Without Artificial Sweeteners

It’s a bit of a catch-22 trying to find a protein powder that’s both low-calorie and free of sugar substitutes. Food and supplement companies often use sugar substitutes to reduce the carb and calorie count so there’s more room for the good stuff. While many of us don’t mind slurping down some sucralose in the name of accurate macro counting, others actively avoid artificial sweeteners. 

So, in that spirit, let’s look at what the GGR team has tested, rated, and declared the best protein powders without artificial sweeteners.

Train Station

Titan TwistLock Barbell Collars Review

Clips, clamps, and collars—oh my! Barbell collars are often one of the most overlooked pieces of home gym equipment when stocking your garage with all the essentials. However, the best Olympic barbell collars keep weight plates secured on your barbell, preventing injury to your bar, plates, or worse, you.

Titan Fitness recently released a nice pair of barbell collars, which use a simple twist to lock or unlock the collars on your Olympic barbell. Additionally, a built-in magnet helps keep the collars out of the way while not in use, storing easily on a power rack between sessions. Lastly, the collars have a premium touch with a knurled exterior

Are the Titan TwistLock Pro Collars the best home gym collars for your own space? And how do these knurled collars compare to top contenders in the market? GGR senior staff writer and Olympic weightlifter Caine Wilkes spoke to Coop Mitchell, who was able to test these barbell collars. In this Titan TwistLock Barbell Collars review, they’ll go over the value and durability of these collars and see if they’re worth your hard-earned cash.

OMG, Shoes!

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Review

When it comes to footwear, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for weightlifting shoes to boost your strength-training workouts, running shoes to keep you comfortable on the road, or something versatile enough for both, you’ll always have plenty of choices.

This is a double-edged sword, as choosing the right shoes can quickly become overwhelming. While we love testing the latest shoes on the market, sometimes the old-school classics are all you need to get the job done.

In this Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star review, we examine these legendary shoes that have been a fashion icon since 1922. Even though the design of the shoes has remained mostly unchanged for over 100 years, they’re still commonly worn in gyms all over the world, and in this review, we’ll show you exactly why.

Quick Hits

Deciding Between a Treadmill and Walking Pad?

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